From ticket sales to competition judging, the Middlesex County Fair relies on a network of dedicated volunteers that help make each year a success.
On opening day each year, the Middlesex County Fair Association chooses a volunteer of the year for their outstanding contributions to the association and the community.
It is an honor to have my minor contributions over the years ( since 1982?) acknowledged.
Originally from Pennsylvania, my roots are strong in Middlesex County, New Jersey, residing here since 1972. My mother and her mother encouraged me to crochet, knit and sew clothing. Sewing on a Free Washington sewing machine that only sewed forward without fancy stitches, was a challenge. School clubs and classed enhanced my home arts skills.
In college at Drexel University, I pursued a degree in Home Economics Education. My first teaching position was a 7th Grade Sewing Instructor at Showalter Jr. High in Chester, PA. A move to New Jersey, a new teaching job at South River High School and marriage to the Industrial Arts teacher, as well as the birth of our three children, kept me busy.
Community involvement meant time as a Girl Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Food Bank Volunteer and always, a Middlesex County Fair Volunteer. Having children and good friends, gets you involved. Participation in the fair has always been the summer highlight. The sewing division is the area I am chairperson over; however, I enter handmade items in other divisions.
Welcoming friends, making new ones and seeing former students is a pleasure.
Volunteer of the Year 2021